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Head Start is a multi-faceted child and family development program for income-eligible households in Anoka and Washington Counties in Minnesota. The program is designed to help pregnant women and children, aged birth to five, and their families achieve their full potential.

The Head Start program literally gives children a head start on their journey of lifelong learning. The program also gives parents a head start in maintaining family continuity and self-sufficiency.

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Registration for Head Start is on-going.  We enroll children as vacancies occur throughout the school year.

Anoka/Washington County Head Start 2017-2018 Quick Reference Calendar 



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​Current Announcements


"NEW" Annual Notice to Parents Regarding PII and Parental Rights


Head Start now enrolling for Full Day Childcare Partners"

Anoka-Washington County Head Start has exciting new opportunities for families with infants and toddlers! We are partnering with local child care centers and family child care homes to provide full day, high quality, comprehensive Early Head Start Services to children aged 6 weeks to 36 months. To qualify for this new program, you must meet Head Start income guidelines AND have applied to receive Child Care Assistance. To find out more and receive an application, call us at 763-783-4300.


ACCAP Head Start Annual Report:

Anoka/Washington County Head Start/Early Head Start Annual Report

Click HERE for report. 

ACCAP Head Start Bi-Annual Report:

Click HERE for report. 

Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Registration is on-going. We enroll children throughout the year as vacancies occur.

ACCAP Head Start now accepting employment application. Click HERE.

Anoka/Washington County Head Start is looking for day and evening volunteers​. Click HERE to volunteer.

News & Upcoming Events

Head Start Anoka and Washington County - NOW ON FACEBOOK

See more Head Start & ACCAP news and events HERE.

Parent Aware

All eight of Anoka/Washington County Head Start Program's site locations were recently awarded a 4 out of 4 Star Rating from Parent Aware! Learn more by clicking HERE.

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ACCAP Head Start serves families and children living in Anoka and Washinton counties. View the location of our centers, Administration Office, and a map to each HERE

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Minnesota's Center of Excellence 

In 2010 Governor Tim Pawlenty selected Anoka/Washington County Head Start as Minnesota's Head Start Center of Excellence. We are extremely proud to be recognized for our high quality services and commitment to low-income children and families. 



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Parents are the most important people in their child's world; they are also their child's first and primary teachers.  Supporting children's learning is viewed as a joint effort between teachers and parents.

Read all about our Child Development Curriculum


Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Program

Our child care partners offer unique learning and developmental experiences for children 6 weeks to 36 months in center and family child care settings.  Each partner uses The Creative Curriculum as an enhancement to their existing curriculum.  The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos assists child care teaching staff in planning a responsive environment, guiding behaviors, choosing appropriate toys and planning activities that will promote growth in all developmental areas. 

The Creative Curriculum for Family Child Care is the only research-based, comprehensive curriculum that addresses the unique strengths and challenges of family childcare. It assists family childcare providers in designing high-quality home-based programs that are responsive to the needs of children, and helps family childcare educators to integrate learning into every moment of the day.


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Program Options

Head Start Preschool
Head Start Home Based Program
Early Head Start



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Service Areas

Family and Community Partnerships (FCP)
Health Services
Family Learning Center
Recruitment and Enrollment
Transportation (Busing Services)

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Policy Council

See when the next Policy Council meeting will take place 

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Notes of Appreciation

Read some of our Notes of Appreciation from Head Start parents and families.

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And Justice for All

Children’s Defense Fund

Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota

Cooperative Extension System’s (CYFERNet) Children, Youth & Family Information Service

Head Start of Hennepin County

Minnesota Association For The Education of Young Children

Minnesota Workforce Center - Anoka County  (Mn Job Bank)

National Association For The Education of Young Children

National Head Start Association

Resources For Child Caring

The Early Childhood Training and Resource Center

United Way

United Way of the Greater Twin Cities 

Office of Head Start's Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement


Minnesota's Center of Excellence

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